2017 Casualties

We would like to Honor the memory of these men and women who lost their lives this year, and Remember them each specifically by name. Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

January 2017

Spc. Isiah L. Booker, of Cibolo, TX, died Jan. 7, in Jordan, in a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group, Fort Campbell, KY.

Spc. John P. Rodriguez, of Hemet, CA, died Jan.12, in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility in a non-combat related incident. He was supporting U.S. Army Central. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to 2nd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, TX.

Chief Special Warfare Operator William “Ryan” Owens, 36, of Peoria, IL, died Jan. 28 in the Arabian Peninsula of Yemen, of wounds sustained in a raid against al-Qaida. He was supporting U.S. Central Command Operations. He was assigned to an East Coast based Special Warfare unit.

February 2017

Pfc. Brian. P. Odiorne, 21, of Ware, MA died Feb. 20, in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  The incident is under investigation.  He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood,TX.

March 2017

Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Boniface, 34, of San Luis Obispo, CA, died March 19, in Logar Province, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Staff Sgt. Austin Bieren, 25, of Umatilla, OR, died March 28 in northern Syria in a non-combat-related incident while deployed in support of combat operations. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to the 21st Space Wing at Peterson Air Force Base, CO.

April 2017

Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, 37, of Edgewood, MD, died April 8 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small arms fire during combat operations. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Sgt. Joshua P. Rodgers, 22, of Bloomington, IL, died April 27 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of small arms fire while engaged in dismounted operations.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA.

Sgt. Cameron H. Thomas, 23, of Kettering, OH, died April 27 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, as a result of small arms fire while engaged in dismounted operations.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Fort Benning, GA.

1st Lt. Weston C. Lee, 25, of Bluffton, GA, died April 29, in Mosul, Iraq, from injuries while conducting security as part of advice and assist support to partnered forces. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 325th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

May 2017

Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Kyle Milliken, 38, of Falmouth, ME, was killed during an operation against al-Shabaab on May 5 in a remote area approximately 40 miles west of Mogadishu.  He was supporting a Somali National Army-led operation with U.S. Africa Command.   He was assigned to an East Coast based special warfare unit.

Spc. Etienne J. Murphy, 22, of Loganville, GA, died May 26, in Al-Hasakah, Syria, of injuries sustained during a vehicle rollover related incident.   He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  The incident is under investigation.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Hunter Army Airfield, GA.

June 2017

Sgt. Eric M. Houck, 25, of Baltimore, MD,
Sgt. William M. Bays, 29 of Barstow, CA,
Corporal Dillon C. Baldridge, 22 of Youngsville, NC,
Gunner’s Mate Seaman Dakota Kyle Rigsby, 19, from Palmyra, VA
Yeoman 3rd Class Shingo Alexander Douglass, 25, from San Diego, CA
Sonar Technician 3rd Class Ngoc T Truong Huynh, 25, from Oakville, CT
Gunner’s Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez, 26, from Weslaco, TX
Fire Controlman 2nd Class Carlos Victor Ganzon Sibayan, 23, from Chula Vista, CA
Personnel Specialist 1st Class Xavier Alec Martin, 24, from Halethorpe, MD
Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., 37, from Elyria, OH

July 2017

Pfc. Hansen B. Kirkpatrick, 19, of Wasilla, Alaska, died July 3, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, from wounds received during an indirect fire attack. The incident is under investigation. He was supporting Operation Freedom Sentinel. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas.
15 Marines and a Navy sailor killed in a military plane crash on July 10th in Mississippi. Six of the Marines and the sailor were from an elite Marine Raider battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Nine were based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, home of a Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron.
Maj. Caine M. Goyette Capt. Sean E. Elliott Gunnery Sgt. Mark A. Hopkins Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson Staff Sgt. Joshua M. Snowden Sgt. Julian M. Kevianne Sgt. Owen J. Lennon Cpl. Daniel I. Baldassare Cpl. Collin J. Schaaff Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox Staff Sgt. William J. Kundrat Sgt. Chad E. Jenson Sgt. Talon R. Leach Sgt. Joseph J. Murray Sgt. Dietrich A. Schmieman Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan M. Lohrey

November 2016 Casualties

We would like to Honor the memory of these men who lost their lives last month, and Remember them each specifically by name.   Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

We remember these heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Capt. Andrew D. Byers, 30, of Rolesville, NC, died Nov. 3 in Kunduz, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO.

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, of Greenville, PA, died Nov. 3 in Kunduz, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO.

Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, of Lawrence, KS, died Nov. 4 in Jafr, Jordan, of wounds sustained when their convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. The soldiers were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, AZ, died Nov. 4 in Jafr, Jordan, of wounds sustained when their convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. The soldiers were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY.

Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, TX, died Nov. 4 in Jafr, Jordan, of wounds sustained when their convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. The soldiers were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY.

Spc. Ronald L. Murray Jr., of Bowie, MD, died Nov. 10, in Kuwait in a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, TX.

Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, CA, died Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, IL, died Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, VA, died Nov. 24 in northern Syria, of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, which is based in Virginia Beach, VA.

September 2016 Casualties

We would like to Honor the memory of these men who lost their lives last month, and Remember them each specifically by name. Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

September 2016 Heroes

We remember these heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper, 25, of Mill Creek, Washington, died Sept. 10 in Kuwait, from a non-combat-related injury. The incident is under investigation. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell, KY.

Warrant Officer Travis R. Tamayo, 32, of Brownsville, Texas, died Sept. 16 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in a non-combat-related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Airman Devon M. Faulkner, 24, of North Carolina, died Sept. 20 of a non-combat-related injury while underway. The incident is under investigation. He was supporting Operation Odyssey Lightning. He was assigned to USS Wasp (LHD 1), forward deployed in the central Mediterranean Sea.

2016 Casualties

We would like to Honor the memory of these men and women who lost their lives this year, and Remember them each specifically by name. Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

December 2016 Hero

Sgt. First Class Allan E. Brown, 46, of Takoma Park, MD, died Dec. 6 at Walter Reed National Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan, that occurred on Nov. 12.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.   He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

November 2016 Heroes

Capt. Andrew D. Byers, 30, of Rolesville, NC, died Nov. 3 in Kunduz, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO.

Sgt. 1st Class Ryan A. Gloyer, 34, of Greenville, PA, died Nov. 3 in Kunduz, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained while engaging enemy forces. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO.

Staff Sgt. Matthew C. Lewellen, 27, of Lawrence, KS, died Nov. 4 in Jafr, Jordan, of wounds sustained when their convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. The soldiers were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, Ky.

Staff Sgt. Kevin J. McEnroe, 30, of Tucson, AZ, died Nov. 4 in Jafr, Jordan, of wounds sustained when their convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. The soldiers were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY.

Staff Sgt. James F. Moriarty, 27, of Kerrville, TX, died Nov. 4 in Jafr, Jordan, of wounds sustained when their convoy came under fire entering a Jordanian military base. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. The soldiers were assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Campbell, KY.

Spc. Ronald L. Murray Jr., of Bowie, MD, died Nov. 10, in Kuwait in a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to 4th Battalion, 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, TX.

Sgt. John W. Perry, 30, of Stockton, CA, died Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

Pfc. Tyler R. Iubelt, 20, of Tamaroa, IL, died Nov. 12 of injuries sustained from an improvised explosive device in Bagram, Afghanistan. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st Sustainment Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, VA, died Nov. 24 in northern Syria, of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Two, which is based in Virginia Beach, VA.

October 2016 Heroes

Staff Sgt. Adam S. Thomas, 31, of Tacoma Park, MD, died Oct. 4 in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, from injuries caused by an improvised explosive device that exploded during dismounted operations. The incident is under investigation. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to Company B, 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Carson, CO.

Sgt. Douglas J. Riney, 26, of Fairview, IL, died Oct. 19 in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds received from encountering hostile enemy forces. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to the Support Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

Chief Petty Officer Jason C. Finan, 34, of Anaheim, CA, died Oct. 20 in northern Iraq, of wounds sustained in an improvised explosive device blast. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit Three.

September 2016 Heroes

1st Lt. Jeffrey D. Cooper, 25, of Mill Creek, Washington, died Sept. 10 in Kuwait, from a non-combat-related injury. The incident is under investigation. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, Fort Campbell, KY.

Warrant Officer Travis R. Tamayo, 32, of Brownsville, Texas, died Sept. 16 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in a non-combat-related incident. The incident is under investigation. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to the 202nd Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Fuels) Airman Devon M. Faulkner, 24, of North Carolina, died Sept. 20 of a non-combat-related injury while underway. The incident is under investigation. He was supporting Operation Odyssey Lightning. He was assigned to USS Wasp (LHD 1), forward deployed in the central Mediterranean Sea.

August 2016 Heroes

Lt. Col. Flando E. Jackson, 45, of Lansing, Michigan, died Aug. 4 in Southwest Asia from a non-combat-related injury. The incident is under investigation.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.   He was assigned to the 194th Wing, Camp Murray, Washington National Guard, Washington.

Staff Sgt. Christopher A. Wilbur, 36, of Granite City, Illinois, died Aug. 12 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from a non-combat-related injury. The incident is under investigation.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, in Fort Carson, Colorado.

Staff Sgt. Matthew V. Thompson, 28, of Irvine, California, died Aug. 23 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, of injuries caused by an improvised explosive device that detonated near his patrol while conducting dismounted operations.  He who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  The incident is under investigation.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

July 2016 Hero

1st Lt. Anais A. Tobar, 25, of Miami, Florida, died July 18 in Southwest Asia from a non-combat-related injury.  She was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.   She was assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina.

June 2016 Hero

Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew J. Clement, 38, of Peabody, Massachusetts, died June 21 of a non-combat related injury while deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

May 2016 Heroes

Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles H. Keating IV, 31, of San Diego, California,
1st Lt. David A. Bauders, of Seattle, Wash,
Gunner’s Mate Seaman Connor Alan McQuagge, 19, of Utah.

April 2016 Heroes

Airman First Class Nathaniel H. McDavitt, 22, of Glen Burnie, Maryland

March 2016 Heroes

Staff Sgt. Louis F. Cardin, of Temecula, California
There were no DoD reported casualties in February

January 2016 Heroes

Staff Sgt. Matthew Q. McClintock, of Albuquerque, NM,
Maj. John D. Gerrie, 42, of Nickerson, KS,
Maj. Shawn M. Campbell, 41, from College Station, Texas,
Capt. Brian T. Kennedy, 31, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
Capt. Kevin T. Roche, 30, from St. Louis, Missouri,
Capt. Steven R. Torbert, 29, from Florence, Alabama,
Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller, 25, from Gardners, Pennsylvania,
Sgt. Dillon J. Semolina, 24, from Chaska, Minnesota,
Sgt. Jeffrey A. Sempler, 22, from Woodruff, South Carolina,
Sgt. William J. Turner, 25, from Florala, Alabama,
Cpl. Matthew R. Drown, 23, from Spring, Texas,
Cpl. Thomas J. Jardas, 22, from Ft. Myers, Florida,
Cpl. Christopher J. Orlando, 23, from Hingham, Massachusetts,
Lance Cpl. Ty L. Hart, 21, from Aumsville, Oregon.

2015 Casualties

We would like to Honor the memory of these men and women who lost their lives this year, and Remember them each specifically by name. Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

December 2015 Heroes

Cpl. Andrew A. Aimesbury, of Strafford, NH
Staff Sgt. Michael A. Cinco, 28, of Mercedes, TX
Staff Sgt. Peter W. Taub, 30, of Philadelphia, PA
Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride, 30, of Statesboro, GA
Technical Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, of Bronx, NY
Staff Sgt. Louis M. Bonacasa, 31, of Coram, NY
Maj. Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen, 36, of Plymouth, MN.

November 2015 Heroes

Pvt. Christopher J. Castaneda, of Fripp Island, South Carolina,
Sgt. 1st Class Toby A. Childers, 40, from Hays, KS
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen B. Cooley, 40, from Cantonment, FL
Sgt.1st Class Jason M. Smith, 35, from Destrehan, LA
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael F. Tharp, 40, from Katy, TX
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin M. Weiss, 32, of McHenry, IL and
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alex Caraballoleon, 35, of Patillas, Puerto Rico.

October 2015 Heroes

Capt. Jonathan J. Golden, 33, of Camarillo, California,
Capt. Jordan B. Pierson, 28, of Abilene, Texas,
Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Hammond, 26, of Moundsville, West Virginia,
Senior Airman Quinn L. Johnson-Harris, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
Senior Airman Nathan C. Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Florida,
Airman 1st Class Kcey E. Ruiz, 21, of McDonough, Georgia,
Maj. Phyllis J. Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho, NM,
Master Sgt. Gregory T. Kuhse, 38, of Kalamazoo, MI,
Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, OK.

September 2015 Heroes

Staff Sergeant Jonathan Lewis, 31, of Warrenton, VA,
SPC Kyle E. Gilbert, 24, of Buford, GA,
Seaman Philip Frazier Manes, 21, of Fairfax, VA

August 2015 Heroes

Master Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr., 35, of Bristol, RI,
Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, KY,
Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, of Pensacola, FL.

July 2015 Heroes

Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist,25 of Grantsburg, Wis.,
Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, 26 of Paulding, Ohio.
Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, 40 of Springfield, Mass.,
Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells, 21 of Chattanooga, Tenn.,
Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt, 35 of Russellville, Ark.

June 2015 Heroes

Pfc. Monterrious T. Daniel, 19, of Griffin, GA,
Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason P. May, 38, of Chesterfield, Michigan.

May 2015 Heroes

PO3 Devon J. Doyle, 21, of Alamosa, CO,
PO3 Ryan D. Burris, 24, of Lisle, IL,
Sgt. 1st Class Pablo A. Ruiz, 37, of Melbourne, FL,
Staff Sgt. Kerry Kemp, 27, Camp Lejeune, N.C.,
Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol, 26, of Warren, Mich.,
Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif,  26, of Holland, Mich.,
Staff Sgt. Trevor Blaylock, 29,
Capt. Stanford H. Shaw III, 31,
Master Sgt. Thomas A. Saunders, 33,
Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn, 33, of Queens, New York,
CWO4 David Strother, 44 of Pineville, La.

April 2015 Heroes

Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, MA,
Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, 40, of Hermosa Beach, CA.

2014 Casualties

We would like to Honor the memory of these men and women who lost their lives this year, and Remember them each specifically by name. Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

December 2014 Heroes

Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, CO,
Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, IN,
Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, of New York, NY,
Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, AZ, died Dec. 12.

November 2014 Heroes

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, of Bay City, MI,
Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, of Nanticoke, MD,
Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27, of Grove City, OH.

October 2014 Heroes

Maj. Jonathan D. Walker, 44, of Merriam, KS,
Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, of Memphis, IN,
Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, CA,
Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside, CA.

September 2014 Heroes

Spc. Brian K. Arsenault, 28, of Northborough, MA,
Sgt. Charles C. Strong, 28, of Suffolk, VA,
Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, of Columbus, OH,
Stephen Byus, 39, of Reynoldsburg, OH,
Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers, 30, of DeRidder, LA.

August 2014 Heroes

Staff Sgt. Girard D. Gass Jr., of Lumber Bridge, NC,
Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, 55, of Schenectady, NY,
Sgt. 1st Class Samuel C. Hairston, 35, of Houston, TX,
Sgt. 1st Class Matthew I. Leggett, 39, of Ruskin, FL,
Sgt. Christopher W. Mulalley, 26, of Eureka, CA.

January 2016 Casualties

We would like to Honor the memory of these men who lost their lives last month, and Remember them each specifically by name. Please pray for these families as they begin their journey of healing through this unimaginable devastation.

Staff Sgt. Matthew Q. McClintock, of Albuquerque, NM, died Jan. 5, 2016, in Marjah District, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire. He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  The incident is under investigation.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Buckley, Washington.

Maj. John D. Gerrie, 42, of Nickerson, KS, died Jan. 16, in Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, from a non-combat related incident.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel. He was assigned to 453rd Electronic Warfare Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, TX.

Following are the names of the 12 Marines that were killed during training exercise in Hawaii:

Maj. Shawn M. Campbell served as a CH-53E Super Stallion pilot at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Campbell, 41, from College Station, Texas, joined the Marine Corps Sept. 30, 1999.  His deployments include Operation Iraqi Freedom and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit.  Campbell’s decorations include the Air Medal with strike/flight device, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star in lieu of second award, Navy Unit Commendation with two bronze stars in lieu of third award, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal with two bronze campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with two bronze stars in lieu of third award.

Capt. Brian T. Kennedy served as a CH-53E Super Stallion pilot with Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Kennedy, 31, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, joined the Marine Corps July 1, 2003.  His decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one bronze star in lieu of second award.

Capt. Kevin T. Roche served as a CH-53E Super Stallion pilot with Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Roche, 30, from St. Louis, Missouri, joined the Marine Corps Dec. 19, 2005. His deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom.  Roche‘s decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with one bronze star in lieu of second award.

Capt. Steven R. Torbert served as a CH-53E Super Stallion pilot with Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Torbert, 29, from Florence, Alabama, joined the Marine Corps Oct.14, 2004. Torbert‘s decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Sgt. Adam C. Schoeller served as a CH-53E Super Stallion crew chief at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Schoeller, 25, from Gardners, Pennsylvania, joined the Marine Corps March 23, 2008. His deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom. Schoeller‘s decorations include the Air Medal with one individual action device and five strike/flight devices, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with bronze star in lieu of second award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with bronze star in lieu of second award, and the NATO Medal.

Sgt. Dillon J. Semolina served as a CH-53E Super Stallion crew chief with Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Semolina, 24, from Chaska, Minnesota joined the Marine Corps Sept. 1, 2011.  Sergeant Semolina‘s decorations include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Sgt. Jeffrey A. Sempler served as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crew chief at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Sempler, 22, from Woodruff, South Carolina joined the Marine Corps Aug. 12, 2010.  Sempler’s decorations include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Sgt. William J. Turner served as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crew chief at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Turner, 25, from Florala, Alabama, joined the Marine Corps Aug. 8, 2008. His deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom.
Turner’s decorations include the Air Medal with four strike/flight devices, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal with bronze star in lieu of second award, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon and the NATO Medal.

Cpl. Matthew R. Drown served as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crew chief at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Drown, 23, from Spring, Texas, joined the Marine Corps on March 2, 2011.  Drown’s decorations include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Cpl. Thomas J. Jardas served as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crew chief at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Jardas, 22, from Ft. Myers, Florida, joined the Marine Corps on May 6, 2011.  Jardas’ decorations include the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Cpl. Christopher J. Orlando served as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crew chief at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Orlando, 23, from Hingham, Massachusetts, joined the Marine Corps on Aug. 9, 2012.  Corporal Orlando’s decorations include the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon.

Lance Cpl. Ty L. Hart served as a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter crew chief with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing stationed on Marine Corps Base Hawaii.  Hart, 21, from Aumsville, Oregon, joined the Marine Corps Aug, 8 2012. Lance Corporal Hart’s decorations include the National Defense Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

December 2015 Casualties

We remember these heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Cpl. Andrew A. Aimesbury, of Strafford, NH was killed in a live fire exercise on Dec. 9.  He was assigned to the Hunter Army Airfield-based 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, Ft. Stewart, GA.

Staff Sgt. Michael A. Cinco, 28, of Mercedes, TX. died Dec. 21 while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He died of wounds suffered when his patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 11th Field Investigations Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, TX.

Staff Sgt. Peter W. Taub, 30, of Philadelphia, PA. died Dec. 21 while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He died of wounds suffered when his patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 816, Ellsworth Air Force Base, SD.

Staff Sgt. Chester J. McBride, 30, of Statesboro, GA. died Dec. 21 while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He died of wounds suffered when his patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.

Technical Sgt. Joseph G. Lemm, 45, of Bronx, NY. died Dec. 21 while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He died of wounds suffered when his patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base, NY.

Staff Sgt. Louis M. Bonacasa, 31, of Coram, NY. died Dec. 21 while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He died of wounds suffered when his patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 105th Security Forces Squadron at Stewart Air National Guard Base, NY.

Maj. Adrianna M. Vorderbruggen, 36, of Plymouth, MN. died Dec. 21 while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  She died of wounds suffered when her patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.  She was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 9th Field Investigations Squadron, Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

November 2015 Casualties

We remember these heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Pvt. Christopher J. Castaneda, of Fripp Island, South Carolina, died Nov. 19, on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, in a non-combat related incident.  Castaneda was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY.

Four Army aviators were killed when their UH-60 Black Hawk crashed on Nov. 23.

Sgt. 1st Class Toby A. Childers, 40, from Hays, KS

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen B. Cooley, 40, from Cantonment, FL

Sgt.1st Class Jason M. Smith, 35, from Destrehan, LA

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Michael F. Tharp, 40, from Katy, TX

The helicopter crashed in the northeast portion of the Fort Hood Range. All four crew members were assigned to 2nd Battalion, 291st Aviation Regiment, First Army Division West. The aircraft, assigned to the 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, was on a routine training.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Kevin M. Weiss, 32, of McHenry, IL and

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alex Caraballoleon, 35, of Patillas, Puerto Rico

were killed on Nov. 23 when their AH-64 Apache helicopter crashed in South Korea.  The accident happened about 50 miles east of Camp Humphreys.  They were assigned to the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade’s 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment and were on a routine training mission; the helicopter crashed in a mountainous area.

October 2015 casualties

Remembering these nine fallen heroes and the families they left behind.

Capt. Jonathan J. Golden, 33, of Camarillo, California.
Capt. Jordan B. Pierson, 28, of Abilene, Texas.
Staff Sgt. Ryan D. Hammond, 26, of Moundsville, West Virginia.
Senior Airman Quinn L. Johnson-Harris, 21, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Senior Airman Nathan C. Sartain, 29, of Pensacola, Florida.
Airman 1st Class Kcey E. Ruiz, 21, of McDonough, Georgia.
Maj. Phyllis J. Pelky, 45, of Rio Rancho, NM,
Master Sgt. Gregory T. Kuhse, 38, of Kalamazoo, MI,
Master Sgt. Joshua L. Wheeler, 39, of Roland, OK,

September 2015 Casualties

September 2015 Heroes

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Staff Sergeant Jonathan Lewis, 31, of Warrenton, VA, died 2 September, 2015 of injuries resulting from a ‘hard landing’ when the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter belonging to HMH-464, MAG-29, 2nd MAW, landed ‘harder and faster than normal’. The U.S. Marine was part of a Virginia-based anti-terror and security team training on the use of ropes to access difficult terrain, aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Lewis was assigned to Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team (FAST) Company B, Marine Corps Security Force Regiment of Yorktown, VA.

SPC Kyle E. Gilbert, 24, of Buford, GA, died Sept. 21, in Bagram, Afghanistan, in a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  The incident is under investigation.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, NY.

Seaman Philip Frazier Manes, 21, of Fairfax, Virginia, died Sept. 27, in Manama, Bahrain, of a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  The incident is under investigation.  He was assigned to USS Gladiator (MCM 11), forward deployed to Bahrain.

August 2015 Casualties

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Master Sgt. Peter A. McKenna Jr., 35, of Bristol, RI, died Aug. 8, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds when he was attacked by enemy small arms fire.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, of Lexington, KY. died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle he was traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  Matthew was assigned to the 23rd Special Tactics Squadron, Hurlburt Field, FL.

Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, of Pensacola, FL. died of wounds suffered Aug. 26 when the vehicle he was traveling in was attacked near Camp Antonik, Afghanistan.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  Forrest was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, Pope Army Airfield, NC.

July 2015 Casualties

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On July 16, 2015, Sgt. Carson Holmquist, Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells, and Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt were murdered at a recruiting facility in Chattanooga, TN.

Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist – 25 years old

Sgt. Carson Holmquist grew up in Grantsburg, Wis., a hamlet of about 1,400, best known for its proximity to a wildlife reserve.  Holmquist’s decision to join the Marine Corps in 2009, a year after he graduated from Grantsburg High School, took him out of a tight-knit rural town and exposed him to the world, eventually placing him on the battlefield, as far away as Afghanistan and as close as Tennessee.

According to the Marine Corps, Holmquist, who was trained as an automotive technician, was deployed to Afghanistan from September 2013 to May 2014. It was his only overseas assignment as a Marine. Later, he was stationed in Chattanooga, where he helped train Marine reservists at the facility.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith – 26 years old

Randall Smith, a 26-year-old petty officer, was a married father of three girls.  Smith was from Paulding, Ohio. He was a former high school baseball star who had  enlisted in the Navy in 2010 and was a logistics specialist. For three years, he was assigned to the USS Wasp, an amphibious assault ship which has a home port in Norfolk.  He began his assignment in Chattanooga in August.

Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan – 40 years old

Known to family and friends as “Tommy,” Sullivan was a native of the Springfield, Mass. Marine Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan had made it home safely from two tours in Iraq — receiving two Purple Hearts.

He entered the service in 1997, served in Iraq in 2004-2005 and 2007-2008, and deployed in 2014-2015 to the Asia-Pacific region.  Sullivan received two Purple Hearts during a deployment from fall 2004 to spring 2005. The first came after a seven-ton truck he was in was struck by an improvised explosive device, causing bleeding from his ear. The second came after he was hit with shrapnel during a massive attack on the Abu Ghraib prison in April 2005.

He was recently assigned to a unit in Chattanooga, where he was responsible for coordinating training for reservists.

Lance Cpl. Squire K. Wells – 21 years old

Lance Cpl. Squire K. “Skip” Wells had been a student at Georgia Southern University for nearly two years when he made a judgment call: He wanted to serve in the military, and he didn’t want to wait anymore.  Wells left college and joined the service last year, graduating from boot camp at Parris Island, S.C. He became a field artillery cannoneer, a job that would have him shooting heavy artillery guns in a team of Marines.

He was in Chattanooga, Tenn., for two weeks of reserve training. His unit, Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines, is based there.

Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt – 35 years old

Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt was a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and a pillar of support to his comrades in those conflicts who came home with physical or emotional scars.

After Matt Bein was wounded by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan in 2009, he turned to Wyatt for help in wrestling through what he should do with the rest of his life — leave the Marine Corps, or find some way to continue to serve despite his injuries.

“He was a mentor and a leader to a lot of guys,” said Bein, a former joint terminal attack controller who ultimately decided to accept a medical retirement as a sergeant.

He was married with two children, and an active-duty member of Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines, an artillery unit based there.

Wyatt was a native of Russellville, Ark., and joined the Marines in May 2004.  He deployed to Afghanistan from October 2010 to May 2011, one of the most violent periods of the U.S. military campaign there. He previously served in Iraq from October 2007 to April 2008, and also spent time overseas on Navy ships.

June 2015 Casualties

We remember these selfless heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Pfc. Monterrious T. Daniel, 19, of Griffin, GA, died June 12 in Camp Buehring, Kuwait, in a non-combat related incident in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He was assigned to 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, Fort Carson, CO.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Jason P. May, 38, of Chesterfield, Michigan, died June 29, on board USS Essex (LHD 2), of non-combat related causes while the ship was at sea in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

May 2015 Casualties

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Petty Officer 3rd Class Devon J. Doyle, 21, of Alamosa, CO, died May 16, in Manama, Bahrain, of a non-combat related incident while on liberty. The incident is under investigation.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was assigned to USS Farragut (DDG 99), homeported in Mayport, FL.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan D. Burris, 24, of Lisle, IL, died May 21, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, of a non-combat related incident at Zayed Military City. The incident is under investigation.  He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.  He was temporarily assigned to the Crisis Response Element of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Arabian Peninsula, Special Operations Command Central, U.S. Central Command.

Sgt. 1st Class Pablo A. Ruiz, 37, of Melbourne, FL, died May 24, in Bagram, Afghanistan, from a non-combat related incident.  He was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.  He was assigned to Group Support Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group, Fort Bragg, NC.

Staff Sgt. Kerry Kemp, 27, who was based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., is among the dead. His sister-in-law, Lora Waraksa of Port Washington, Wis., said Marines notified her and her sister, Jenna Kemp, on Wednesday that his remains had been found. Kemp was a “proud Marine, a loving husband and most wonderful father,” with a year-old child, she said. He loved taking his nephews out to hunt for seashells, Waraksa said. Born in Memphis, Tenn., Kemp met his wife, Jenna, at Port Washington High School in Wisconsin, where he was voted “best smile” by his senior class. Kemp earned the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with Valor, Combat Action Ribbon and Good Conduct Medal.

Staff Sgt. Marcus Bawol, 26, of Warren, Mich., was to be married in October to his high-school sweetheart, according to the Macomb (Mich.) Daily. Bawol was part of a U.S. Marines special operations regiment from Camp Lejeune who had completed two tours in Afghanistan. Bawol’s sister, Brandy Peek, said that military officials identified her brother from remains recovered after the crash. On Thursday, the Warren mayor ordered flags in the city, just north of Detroit, flown at half-staff. Justin Manford, who once served with Bawol, posted on Facebook: “He was a phenomenal Marine and an even better man.”

Staff Sgt. Andrew Seif,  26, of Holland, Mich., was awarded the Silver Star, the Marine Corps third highest award for valor, on March 6. Seif, a critical skills operator with 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command, was awarded the medal for his actions against the enemy in Badghis province, Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Trevor Blaylock, 29, was a husband and father of two young children who grew up in Lake Orion, Mich. In 2006, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and was previously stationed at Camp Pendleton in California. He served in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Anbar province. He earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Combat Action ribbon.

Capt. Stanford H. Shaw III, 31, of Basking Ridge, N.J., was student government president and captain of the varsity lacrosse team in high school. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2006 and became a commissioned Marine officer. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. He served two tours of duty in Iraq. He earned the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the Sea Service Deployment ribbon (with two stars).

Master Sgt. Thomas A. Saunders, 33, of Williamsburg, Va.,  was team chief for 2d Marine Special Operations Battalion, U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Special Operations Command. He earned the Joint Service Commendation Medal, two Navy Marine Commendation Medals, five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, the Combat Infantry Badge and five Good Conduct Medals. He was promoted to the rank of master sergeant in September 2013.

Staff Sgt. Liam A. Flynn, 33, of Queens, New York, was born in Reading, England. He enlisted in the Marines in 2002, and was assigned to Camp Lejeune. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan, earning three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals with Valor, the Bronze Star with Valor and Combat Action Ribbon.

CWO4 David Strother, of Pineville, La., a National Guardsman who was one of two pilots on the helicopter, had served overseas tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Pastor Darryl Hoychick of Trinity Baptist Church in Pineville, according to USA Today.

April 2015 Casualties

April 2015 Heroes

We remember these heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Spc. John M. Dawson, 22, of Whitinsville, MA, died April 8, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when he was attacked by small arms fire while he was on an escort mission. He was assigned to 1st Squadron, 33 Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY.

Tech. Sgt. Anthony E. Salazar, 40, of Hermosa Beach, CA, died April 13, at an air base in southwest Asia in a non-combat related incident. He was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Emergency Force Squadron, 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group, U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

December 2014 Casualties

We remember these heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Capt. William H. Dubois, 30, of New Castle, CO, died Dec. 1 when his F-16 aircraft crashed near a coalition air base in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 77th Fighter Squadron, Shaw Air Force Base, SC.  (Operation Inherent Resolve)

Staff Sgt. Matthew R. Ammerman, 29, of Noblesville, IN, died Dec. 3, in Zabul Province, Afghanistan, (Operation Enduring Freedom) of wounds suffered from small arms fire while conducting a clearing operation.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group, Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

Sgt. 1st Class Ramon S. Morris, 37, of New York, NY, died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

Spc. Wyatt J. Martin, 22, of Mesa, AZ, died Dec. 12, in Parwan Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with an improvised explosive device. He was assigned to 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, TX.

November 2014 Casualties

We remember these recent heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Sgt. 1st Class Michael A. Cathcart, 31, of Bay City, MI, died Nov. 14, in Kunduz Province, Afghanistan, of wounds received from small arms fire while on dismounted combat operations.  He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC.

Sgt. Maj. Wardell B. Turner, 48, of Nanticoke, MD, died Nov. 24, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.  He was assigned to Headquarters, United States Army Garrison, Fort Drum, NY.

Spc. Joseph W. Riley, 27, of Grove City, OH, died Nov. 24, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when the enemy attacked his vehicle with a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.   He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

October 2014 Casualties

We remember these heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Maj. Jonathan D. Walker, 44, of Merriam, KS, died Oct. 1, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Camp As Sayliyah. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC.

Cpl. Jordan L. Spears, 21, of Memphis, IN, was lost at sea Oct. 1 while conducting flight operations in the North Arabian Gulf.   He was assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-163, Marine Aircraft Group 16, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, CA.

Lance Cpl. Sean P. Neal, 19, of Riverside, CA, died Oct. 23, in Baghdad, Iraq, from a non-combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force – Crisis Response – Central Command, whose headquarters element deploys from Camp Pendleton, CA.

Cmdr. Christopher E. Kalafut, 49, of Oceanside, CA, died Oct. 24, in Doha, Qatar, of a non-combat related incident at Al Udeid Air Base. The incident is under investigation. He was assigned to Naval Amphibious Liaison Element, Combined Forces Air Component Center, U.S. Central Command.

September 2014 casualties

We remember this month these five heroes who gave their lives for freedoms cause and the families they left behind.

Spc. Brian K. Arsenault, 28, of Northborough, MA, died Sept. 4, in Ghazni, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when his unit was engaged by enemy small-arms fire.  He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC.

Sgt. Charles C. Strong, 28, of Suffolk, VA, died Sept. 15, in Herat Province, Afghanistan while conducting combat operations. He was assigned to 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, Camp Lejeune, NC.

Maj. Michael J. Donahue, 41, of Columbus, OH, died Sept. 16, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an enemy attack.  He was assigned to the Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, XVIII Airborne Corps, Fort Bragg, NC.

Stephen Byus, 39, of Reynoldsburg, OH, died Sept. 16, in Kabul, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered from an enemy attack.  He was a member of the Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Columbus, OH, working as a supply specialist, and assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan while deployed.

Sgt. 1st Class Andrew T. Weathers, 30, of DeRidder, LA, died Sept. 30, at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, from wounds sustained when the enemy attacked his unit with small arms fire Sept. 28, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

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